A blog maintained by Tevita Kete, PGR Officer
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
This weblog documents the activities of Pacific Agricultural Genetic Resources Network (PAPGREN), along with other information on plant genetic resources (PGR) in the Pacific.
The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
SPC also hosts the Centre of Pacific Crops and Trees (CEPaCT). The CEPaCT maintains regional in vitro collections of crops important to the Pacific and carries out research on tissue culture technology. The CEPaCT Adviser is Dr Mary Taylor (MaryT@spc.int), the CEPaCT Curator is Ms Valerie Tuia (ValerieT@spc.int).
PAPGREN coordination and support
Mr William Wigmore
Mr Adelino S. Lorens
Dr Lois Englberger
Mr Apisai Ucuboi
Dr Maurice Wong
Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
Mr Frederick Muller
Mr Herman Francisco
Ms Rosa Kambuou
Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
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Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Posted 2:34 PM by Luigi
New project in Pohnpei
From Dr Lois Englberger.
Our submission to the GEF Small Grants Program- Micronesia (MSGP) coordinated by Okean Ehmes was successful!
This project is titled “Mand Community Project for Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation”. It is providing funds for activities like the nurseries for planting material and equipment that will promote local food production and consumption and agricultural biodiversity and at the same time protect the environment. The development of the smokeless charcoal ovens for Mand is also a part of this project.
Okean has provided us with the comments by the reviewers of the project proposal and I would like to share these with you all.
The reviewers gave some very constructive advice for the project. For example, they pointed out that free things should not be handed out to community members but should be for demonstration purposes or should require some payment by community members for ownership.
The comments were in general very positive, noting for example that “there seems to be some momentum built up in the community in their activities to promote the local foods. The MSGP funds will maintain or even boost the project in this community and take it further to other communities on the island.”
We can learn from the comments and build upon these insights in our further endeavors to access funds for and implement this project.
It is significant as it is the first project in FSM that has been funded by this new funding opportunity, the UNDP-supported Global Environment Facility (GEF).
Thank you Okean again for encouraging us to submit the GEF proposal and for your advicel!! Now on to the project!
Lois Englberger, PhD
P. O. Box 2299
Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941 FM
Tel: 691-320-8639 Fax: 691-320-4647
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